March 16 1940 October 11 2019
Ernie’s Obituary Ishpeming- Ernie John Harsila, a.k.a. “The Dude”, age 79, long time Ishpeming resident passed away, Friday, October 11, 2019 at UP Health System Marquette where he had been a patient for the past month. Ernie was born in Negaunee on March 16, 1940, a son of the late Aili (Salo) and Matthew Harsila. He graduated from Negaunee High School, 1958, and served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1962 during the Cuban-Missile Crisis. Ernie worked for LS&I Railroad for 39 years, retiring in 2001 as an engineer-conductor. He enjoyed spending time at camp on the Dead River Basin where bocce ball was a favorite game of his. He was a member of the Dead River Campers Association, and the Bethel Lutheran Church in Ishpeming. Ernie had a great sense of humor and lived by the moto “If you don’t think every day is a good day, trying missing one.” Ernie missed his last day October 11, 2019. Ernie is survived by 3 children: Randy (Tania) Harsila, Debbie (Wayne) LaMere, and Tonya (Brad Gleason) Harsila, a brother Howard (June) Harsila, grandchildren; Tristen and Bryce Harsila, special friend Robin, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, wife Judy and a daughter Shawna Harsila. Honoring Ernie’s wishes, cremation will take place and a private service will be held at a later date. Memorials can be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or at firstname.lastname@example.org in memory of Ernie and Judy. Ernie’s obituary may be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance. Read More
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Ernie Harsila March 16 1940 October 11 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Ishpeming, state: Michigan